Guest campaigns 2014
Here at MNHQ, we think it makes sense to use the not-inconsiderable might of the Mumsnet collective for the greater good.
You may have come across some of Mumsnet's own high-profile Better Miscarriage Care campaign and Let Girls be Girls, as well as This is My Child and We Believe You (and do click through to see what we've been up to). But on top of this, we regularly exchange links and public support with charities and pressure groups in areas Mumsnetters are interested in, such as special needs provision, child poverty, childcare, parenting, breastfeeding, maternity care and relationship support.
Occasionally, where an issue arises that most Mumsnetters want to do something about, we'll try to make a bigger splash. Find out more about Campaign of the Week here.
Every Newborn Matters
Imagine watching your baby die in your arms, thinking there was nothing you could do. Three million newborns don’t survive their first 28days and the true horror is that up to 75% of these deaths are preventable.
Kidasha are launching Every Newborn Matters to stop these deaths. Kidasha has worked in Nepal for over 15 years, reaching over 100,000 women and providing essential maternal and newborn healthcare to some of the poorest and most marginalised communities.
Find out more about the campaign and how to support their work by hosting a Babyccino Morning at www.everynewbornmatters.org or text KIDA13 £5 to 70070 to donate.
Campaign for Better Hospital Food
Sustain advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture.
In the midst of a government review of hospital food standards, they’re calling for better quality and compulsory standards – where opportunities to support Fair Trade, animal welfare, and local producers, are not overlooked.
You can help by signing up to their Campaign for Better Hospital Food, joining 11,500 Sustain supporters to send a clear message to the government to put higher food standards for hospitals on the agenda.
Being Parents Apart
Relate is the nation’s leading relationship support charity. When they discovered that 58% of separated parents don’t believe in a ‘good separation’ they launched Being Parents Apart, to let mums and dads know that help is there to get children and young people through separation in the best way possible. They’re providing personalised online support for dealing with the practical and emotional realities of separation, alongside video advice and further information about Relate’s other services like counselling and mediation. Relate will be soon be holding an event for MPs to call for improved support for separating families.
In war zones worldwide, sexual violence can be as devastating to children’s lives as bullets and bombs.
Most cases go unreported because girls and boys have no one to confide in, they fear their attackers or they’re afraid of being stigmatised. Instead, many children bottle up the hurt, causing psychological scars that can last a lifetime.
Together, we can end this.
Mumsnet CEO Justine Roberts, J.K. Rowling, Victoria Beckham and UNICEF UK Ambassador Jemima Khan are among a group of leading women who have called on the UK Government to protect children from sexual violence in conflict. Join the campaign.
Help flush away poverty by twinning a toilet at home, work or school with a loo overseas!
Toilet Twinning is a partnership between development agencies Cord and Tearfund, raising funds to help provide access to better sanitation, clean water and hygiene education. 2.5 billion people worldwide don’t have access to a safe, private and hygienic loo and three children die every minute from diarrhoeal diseases.
When you twin a toilet, you get a Toilet Twinning certificate to hang in your loo, showing a photo of the twin latrine with its exact GPS coordinates to help pinpoint the location online.
BeatBullying's Big March is a digital demonstration - where instead of streets, crowds will march across websites - and on 11th June, they will stage the biggest fight against bullying Europe has ever seen.
Thousands will march over websites across Europe to help put an end to bullying and join us in delivering an e-petition to the European Commission.
Sign up and join the movement, be a part of the #BigMarch, and give a voice to children and young people badly affected by bullying across Europe.
For online mentoring and counselling support visit beatbullying.org
Kidney Research UK
Over three million people in the UK are at risk from Kidney disease – for which there is no cure.
With the number of patients presenting with kidney failure rising by 4% every year, raising awareness is more important than ever.
That's why Kidney Research UK – the UK's largest funder dedicated to kidney research and kidney problems – is urging you to 'Go Purple' in the run up to World Kidney Day on Thursday 13 March.
To download their 'Go Purple Pack' of fundraising ideas, visit www.kidneyresearchuk.org/gopurple
National Ugly Mugs
National Ugly Mugs provides vital protection and greater access to justice for sex workers who are targeted by dangerous offenders but often unwilling to report to the police.
It has been responsible for the conviction of at least 12 serial offenders, whilst 16% of sex workers said they’d avoided specific individuals thanks to NUM warnings.
Despite these successes, the pioneering project will be forced to close if urgent funding is not secured.
For an entire year’s worth of potentially life-saving work, NUM needs to raise just £100,000.
You can help. Text “UGLY00 £5" to 70070 to donate £5 toward the cause, or visit justgiving.com/uknoswp
Tamba is the only UK wide charity dedicated to improving the lives and well-being of families with twins, triplets and more.
As well as campaigning on issues that affect our families, Tamba provides; expert information, a free national helpline, social networking opportunities, a local club network, unique courses and now, for the first time, is conducting clinical research to help prevent still births and reduce prematurity.
So if you’re a mother, father or family member of multiples, or if you’re soon expecting the pitter-patter of more than one pair of tiny feet, register free with Tamba to receive access to guides and online resources.
I CAN's Chatterbox Challenge
This week, the children’s communication charity I CAN presents its annual sing-along, the Chatterbox Challenge. Thousands of children are taking part across the UK, with sponsorship from Openreach and TTS, and the support of Nick Jr’s Humf.
It’s not too late to get involved and raise money to support children with communication difficulties.
1.2 million children in the UK have long-term difficulties with their speech, language and communication and will need extra support.
'Chatterbox Challenge: Sounds like fun with Humf' develops the communication skills of children under 5 through songs and rhymes based on sounds and noises.
Cold Homes Week
High energy bills are causing a cold homes crisis across the UK, with one poll indicating that almost half of households are cutting back on spending essentials – including school equipment and food – to be able to cover their energy bills.
As new research finds that over 2 million children in the UK are growing up in cold homes, Cold Homes Week is about confronting the government to end the scandal of high energy bills – and the suffering of families affected by fuel poverty.
Thousands of people will be asking their MP to support the campaign. You can help.
National Deaf Children's Society
The National Deaf Children’s Society has found that deaf young people are struggling to access the support they need from their GPs. A lack of deaf awareness and difficulties accessing information in surgeries is leaving them less independent than other young people when it comes to their health.
Next week the charity is launching ‘My life, My health’ to raise awareness of these barriers and provide resources for deaf young people, their parents and GPs to help them get the health service they need.
Further information will be available from Tuesday 4 February at ndcs.org.uk/mylifemyhealth. Don’t forget to check the website out next week.
The Saatchi Bill
Lord Saatchi’s ‘Medical Innovation Bill’, as it is officially known, aims to rewrite medical practice to give patients the right to demand more options in the treatment of cancer and other diseases.
Current law requires patients receive only standard procedure – which can mean a cycle of unsuccessful treatment. But the Medical Innovation Bill will change the law to encourage responsible medical innovation for all patients.
Armed with legislation, the patient can say: “Is there anything else you can try? I know you can, because of the Medical Innovation Bill.”
Now it needs your support.
Was one of your resolutions to volunteer more in 2014? You could make a difference to a child’s future by becoming a Beanstalk reading helper.
Beanstalk is a national literacy charity recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to work with primary school children who are struggling with reading. They provide one-to-one support for the children that need it most.
Beanstalk urgently needs more volunteers. Could you help a child achieve the literacy skills they need to succeed in life?
Click here or call 020 7729 4087for more information. You can also donate £10 to Beanstalk by texting GROW40 £10 to 70070.
Streetbank brings communities together by letting you see all that your neighbours are happy to lend you, the things they’re giving away and skills they’re willing to share.
It's like a giant tool box, garden shed, fancy dress chest, DVD collection, toy box and skill-share all rolled into one and it’s already helping thousands of parents tap into a new, greener type of wealth.
The range of things listed is vast – anything from children’s toys, car seats, books and baby gear to tutoring, dog walking, lift-sharing and personal styling advice.
What will you find in your area?
Many of us think the way we drink isn’t a problem, but even a few beers or glasses of wine at home too often can take you over safe limits, potentially causing problems for the future.
It’s not about detoxing or never drinking again. It’s just an opportunity for all of us to slow down and start thinking about our drinking.